Mr David Smith
Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon
BSc (Hons), MBChB, FRCS
I have been a consultant colorectal and general surgeon for five years. I trained on the Manchester Higher Surgical Training Programme and completed an Ethicon sponsored Fellowship in Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgery at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. I have wide experience in coloproctology and my practice includes surgery for both benign and malignant diseases. I have a particular interest in enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) and laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery, which in combination confers a reduced inpatient stay after surgery. I have also developed a practice in the management of early rectal cancer and polyps. I perform trans anal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS) for such cases.
I specialise in colorectal and general surgery, including colonic and rectal surgery for colorectal cancer, and benign conditions such as diverticular disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD; ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).
In addition, I undertake proctology for the management of conditions including haemorrhoids, anal fissure and anal fistula. I perform a variety of procedures for the management of haemorrhoids including rubber band ligation (RBL), haemorrhoidal artery ligation operation (HALO)/trans-anal haemorrhoidal dearterialisation (THD), stapled haemorrhoidectomy and open haemorrhoidectomy.
I am also an endoscopy trainer.
I perform over 60 major colorectal procedures every year in both the elective and emergency setting. I am an experienced endoscopist (gastroscopy, flexible sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy) undertaking over 500 colonoscopy procedures per annum in both my NHS and private practice.
In addition to my clinical work I am actively involved in surgical training. I am a member of the Health Education North West Specialty Training Committee for higher surgical trainees. In 2016 I received an excellence in training award from Health Education North West.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr David Smith at Spire include:
BSc (Hons) / University of Liverpool, UK / 1996
Bachelor of Science, with honours
MBChB / University of Liverpool, UK / 2001
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
FRCS / Royal College of Surgeons / 2009
Fellowship of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons
I am the lead clinician for colorectal cancer services at the Royal Bolton Hospital
I am married to Louise and we have three children. Outside of medicine we lead a busy and active lifestyle. My children are involved in local football and gymnastic clubs which we support. I enjoy keeping fit when possible and we like to travel and enjoy activity holidays.